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benedict xvi stunned every this week by announcing he is resigning at the end of this month. we expect the cardinals to gather in mid-to late march to elect a new pope. our brian todd has a closer look now at who will run things in the meantime, and at the politics of picking the pope's successor. >> reporter: it is politics in overdrive, with the pope leaving february 28th, who will be in power at the vatican until a new pope is elected. there is a position, a right-hand man to the pope, who deals with finances and the managing tasks. it was portrayed as a master power broker. in real life, the title was held by the cardinal who also holds the powerful position of secretary of state, who in the vatican is like a prime minister. but experts say don't get the idea that bertoni is the stuff of movie legend. >> despite the job title and movies, he is not the best organizer? >> no, the joke in rome is he couldn't organize a one-man band, the number one criticism is they couldn't make the job run on time. >> reporter: the correspondent for the national catholic reporter newspaper says that
. >>> pope benedict xvi spoke publicly for the first time today about his resignation at his regular weekly audience before leading an ash wednesday mass. >> translator: i have done these in full freedom for the benefit of the church, but i have prayed for a long time and i have examined before god my conscience, fully aware of the gravity and seriousness of such acts. >> cnn's max foster is joining us now from rome. what kind of response, max, did the pontiff receive? >> i have to say, it's been a really emotional day here in rome. i spoke to lots of people coming out of that audience today. it was meant to just be an average weekly audience, by it certainly wasn't that. it was the first time he's spoke since he resigned. that news has settled in now and people are now responding to that. they want you to give a sense to the pope that they were very grateful and there was a huge cheer we entered that audience in the morning. and when they came out, they were generally emotional. then you have the large mass that pope benedict will reside over in st. peter's basilica. it wasn't meant to be
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